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Our History

Margaret Weigman, who had been in the early childhood profession since 1969, started her first educational preschool in 1972 called the "Sherman Park Nursery School". After seven years in business the center became so successful that her landlord bought her out. Realizing the need for quality educational based preschool programs in the greater Milwaukee area, Margaret sought out new venues to share her expertise.
Since 1973, Margaret opened or helped open educational preschools in Elm Grove, Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls and Sussex. As the times changed and there became an increased demand for all day programs, Margaret expanded to an all day format in 1981. First in Elm Grove and then eventually in Menomonee Falls in 1992. The focus remained on the educational preschool program and the business grew.
With the expansion of business came the need for managers with similar philosophies as her own. To create a cohesive unit, Margaret turned to two of her three daughters and one of her five sons to aid in the running of daily operations. With her retirement in 1993, her daughters Julie Peggs and Jean Charboneau and son Rick Weigman took over ownership and management of the centers. In November of 2008 the family added a new center to serve the community of Hartland.


Today, the business has evolved into two stand alone family owned facilities perfectly suited to serve the needs of our rather important small clients. Julie Peggs is the Program Director for the Hartland Preschool and Child Care Center. Jean Charboneau is the Program Director at the Elm Grove Preschool and Child Care Center. Their brother Rick Weigman is the Business Manager for both locations.
Although Weigman's Preschools have evolved from a strictly morning academic program into all day centers, the emphasis remains on the educational component of the programs. We are here to help your child build strong readiness skills all within a loving, caring and fun environment.


Our curriculum is designed to support a child’s growth in the four key areas of development:

  • Physical
  • Social-Emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Adaptive

We use a thematic approach to learning. These themes are presented with age appropriate activities and lesson plans. Examples include discussions and lessons on animals, health and the human body, occupations, outer space, and life on the farm. Children are exposed to various areas of interest including the fundamentals of:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Reading
  • The Arts

Your child will have opportunities to learn about colors, shapes, spatial concepts, reading readiness skills, letters, and word recognition just to name a few. Although we are about teaching readiness skills, we also strive to provide an environment which is both nurturing and just plain fun for your child.

As we are a state licensed facility, all of our staff must meet state certification guidelines.

We seek out and are fortunate to have many teachers with degrees in education.  We pride ourselves on having very experienced early childhood teachers and feel truly blessed by the longevity of our staff — most of whom have been here from eight to twenty-plus years.

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Elm Grove
Elm Grove Preschool & Child Care Center
750 Wall Street
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Hours: M-F  7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Hartland Preschool & Child Care Center
122 Lawn Street
Hartland, WI 53029
Hours: M-F  6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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